#Camino Inglés Day Five: The World is a Handkerchief

There is a Spanish expression, “el mundo es un pañuelo” which essentially means “it’s a small world” but it’s rather more poetic: the world is a handkerchief. I think the idea is that we might all be on different parts of the fabric but if you fold it in enough different ways we’ll all meet….

Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago

Last Friday my parents in-law told me they were watching a programme about the Camino. It’s a new series on BBC2, called Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago and the second show airs tonight at 9pm. I’m so excited that the BBC are showing this, because walking the Camino has become such an important and wonderful…

My second #Camino: you don’t just see, you experience

The magic of travelling across a country on foot is that you don’t just see it, you really experience it. One of my favourite experiences is the food. Food along the Camino is like nothing else on earth. Of course, it’s probably not just the quality of food (though it’s generally very good). Walking several…

My second #Camino: andar y descansar

It’s easy to push yourself too hard on the Camino. You want to walk. You came here to walk. Just a few more kilometres… It’s not so easy to rest. But it’s important to do so. It’s vital for your body, and it’s also good for your soul. I remember reading a sign last year…

My second #Camino: a long day powered by coffee

This morning’s walk started with another spectacular moon-set and sunrise. Tomorrow there will be a full moon, so I think I’m getting spoilt. Even better, just 3kms into our day we stopped for coffee, tortilla and juice. Caffeine gave this pilgrim, and Inês, super powers (Elke prefers hot chocolate but the effect is similar)! The…

Planning for my second #Camino: worth the weight

After a few days walking, one topic really sets hold on the Camino de Santiago: what could you send home? A heavy backpack can slow you down, and make you feel pretty miserable. But if you don’t have the things you need… Well that will make you feel miserable too. So, if you’re thinking of…

El #Camino, te engancha

I woke up to find a lovely message on my phone this morning, from Wendy, who I met on my flight out to start the Camino de Santiago one year ago today. What a wonderful reminder of the magic of the Way. I saw the magic when I was out there, of course. In the first…

#Camino Day 25 and 26: five reflections on arriving in Santiago

Yesterday, I did it. I finally arrived in Santiago. And though the last 5kms felt like the longest I’d walked (and possibly were more than 5kms as I lost the Camino once or twice) the moment I spotted one of the cathedral’s spires I was flooded with relief and happiness. Exhausted and elated, I walked…

#Camino Day 24: approaching the journey’s end

Today had been a fantastic day on the Camino. A sunny, breezy, chatty day on the Camino. The kind of day that the Camino is all about. Like the Camino knows I’m about to break up with it and has pulled out all the stops. The sparkling morning dew… The miles of beautiful green fields……